School ‘devastated’ by obscene graffiti and extensive vandalism
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Police are hunting vandals who have left a trail of destruction at Manningtree High School.
The trail of destruction was discovered on Monday, July 13, when staff arrived at the Alpha Trust school to prepare to welcome students back.
Obscene graffiti has been scrawled across the roof of the building, roof tiles smashed and internet cables ripped up after the school was targeted on several occasions by vandals.
The first damage was discovered on Monday July 13 when staff arrived at the Alpha Trust school to prepare to welcome students back.
Then on Monday August 3 it was discovered that there had been several more visits by vandals and further extensive damage carried out – including to a brand new building which hasn’t yet been used.
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CCTV footage from the school grounds off Colchester Road reportedly shows the vandals jumping between the roof areas to gain access.
The cost of the damage is still being assessed but is believed to be in the thousands.
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Carol Sinclair, director of operations at Manningtree High School, said: “It is important to us that our students have the best facilities that we can afford for them.
“We have been excited about welcoming them back in September into our brand new labs and classrooms and have been redecorating and updating existing rooms.
“Sadly, the mindless antisocial behaviour of a few trespassers has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to roofs and fittings.
“This means that money which should be spent on resources for our students will now need to be spent on emergency repairs and enhanced security instead.”
The school has chosen not to share some of the more obscene graffiti but photos show smashed tiles, Internet cables cut open and rude messages spray-painted in white across the gutters and roofs.
A Essex Police spokesman for said: “We are investigating following a number of reports of criminal damage at Manningtree High School.
“We have received four reports between 10 July and 2 August where roofing had been damaged and writing sprayed.
“Our enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.